Iloilo City and the province of Iloilo are fully prepared for the upcoming barangay elections scheduled for Monday, October 30. In a successful mock election held at the Iloilo Central Elementary School, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tested its readiness for the upcoming polls.
Reinier Layson, the Comelec-Iloilo provincial election supervisor and concurrent Iloilo City election officer, expressed confidence, saying, “All systems go,” after the mock election. Teachers and non-teaching personnel from the Department of Education (DepEd) who will serve as electoral board members are also prepared for their roles in the elections, according to Comelec-Iloilo.
Layson expressed hope for good weather on Election Day to prevent any inconvenience for voters and electoral board members. The barangay elections will coincide with the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election, meaning voters between 18 to 30 years old will have two official ballots—one red for the SK and one black for the barangay election.
Unlike the automated national and local elections held last year, the barangay and SK elections will be conducted manually, with voters having to manually write their chosen candidates’ names on the ballots. Alice Bernadette Naranjo of Comelec-Passi City reminded voters to write legibly to ensure the electoral board members can read the names properly.